Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson announced today that it has been preferred by Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL), one of India’s leading telecom service provider, to deploy 5G-ready equipment across select markets in India.
The equipment will be used for 4G services currently and can be upgraded to provide 5G services as and when Vodafone Idea Limited requires based on its business needs, said Ericsson. Ericsson recently also announced that it is evolving its 5G Platform with portfolio additions across core, radio access and transport areas, as well as service orchestration. These add-ons make the platform more dynamic and flexible, enabling service providers to smoothly evolve their networks and deploy 5G at scale, said an Ericsson press release.
The wide portfolio of Ericsson’s 5G Platform is now further strengthened with a broad range of product launches, adding to previous introductions such as the unique Ericsson Spectrum Sharing, to facilitate an efficient, flexible and smooth evolution to 5G networks. Building upon an early focus on IoT, Ericsson’s 5G Platform now also serves as the most complete platform for enhanced mobile broadband and fixed wireless access use cases, adds the release.
With early 5G deployments underway in dense urban areas, the next step is to improve 4G performance and build 5G coverage outside of cities. This will continuously require a combination of fiber and microwave-based transport solutions.
For this reason, Ericsson is enhancing the capacity of its microwave portfolio and adding a new MINI-LINK 6200 family of 5G-ready Long Haul solutions supporting up to 10Gbps capacities. The company is also expanding its router and fronthaul portfolios to offer service providers flexible and modular solutions suited to their deployment needs.